"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" debuted on April 4 and it exceeds expectations that go beyond the original "Captain America" movie. It is highly high-tech and modernized as compared to the World War II predecessor that brought Steve Rogers to life and he seems to be doing fairly well for himself when combating enemies even in the modern well.
Captain America doesn't even need a parachute in the opening scene, which demonstrated how easily adaptable he is to modern society. The feats between him and Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson are remarkable feats of prowess, especially the realism as one has always wondered when Captain America used his shield, ricocheting it off walls to defeat his opponents.
One has to admit, the character is to be admired for sticking to his moral guns no matter what the situation, even when attempts to rationalize for bad behavior cannot sway him.
The Rogers Identity
Not unlike Jason Bourne of "The Bourne Identity", Steve Rogers runs into a situation much similar. There is something amiss in the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization and Anthony Pierce, played by Robert Redford, sets forth in motion a grass roots level take over by Hydra. Yes, Hydra has made its way into the organization unbeknownst to Rogers until he and Black Widow come across a misplaced military bunker. They discover a rather antiquated and quite dusty piece of computer equipment spanning a good amount of the room.
Widow is already familiar with the technology and gains access. The jig is up when the computer is responsive and explains to them both that the entity within the machine is none other than Dr. Arnim Zola. Apparently, after having had worked with the Red Skull to extract power from the Tesseract in the first "Captain America Film", during the post war situation, Zola apparently was captured by S.S.R., the early version of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Internet rumors theorized him returning as M.O.D.O.K., but the outcome was somewhat similar in nature.
Have an army? Nick Fury has a suburban
Perhaps one of the most fascinating portion of the film where an assassination attempt was made on Nick Fury. That being said, S.H.I.E.L.D. technology isn't something to understatement and his vehicle makes K.I.T.T. from the 80s TV Show "Knight Rider" look like it runs on batteries. To say this car is bullet proof is an understatement, and Hydra agents attempt to use a battering ram to increase the efficiency of penetrating Fury's hull. To even refer to a vehicle's exterior as a "hull" is quite a misnomer, but proves quite useful for Fury's escape.
The encounter with the Winter Soldier
The Winter Soldier, as played by Sebastian Stan, makes a grand entrance in front of Director Fury's vehicle. As Fury's eyes focuses in front of himself, in fades the arch nemesis. If someone wasn't aware at first, he comes fully masked and is pretty much completely covered up which conceals his true appearance as seen in the comics. Even the "evil" theme music as he makes his appearance every time is rather appropriate. There is nothing like having a "Peter and the Wolf" format of musical numbers that's rather analogous with the Winter Soldier's Communist affiliation.
Over time as he encounters future battles and conflicts, Bucky Barnes uncovers his outfit/uniform layer by layer which fully reveals the impressive look of the Winter Soldier. Another thing that's revealing is his identity and lack thereof. Apparently Hydra has brain washed and reprogrammed him to lead in taking out and overthrowing S.H.I.E.L.D.
Steve Rogers reaction to seeing his old friend for the first time in years really makes an impact on him and his tenacious way of trying to reach Bucky is insurmountable.
Easter eggs abound and it's not quiet Easter
Marvel Studios is getting quite handy with throwing Easter eggs around within their films making implications in regards to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From a mention of Doctor Strange, a quick flash of Stark Tower, and end teases giving fans plenty of events to look forward to. Also, two post-credit film bits to tease the comic book appetite to wet one's whistle.
The constant endless action scenes, unique combat sequences, and the idea of conspiracy theories and those who thrive on them will indeed gain favor among audience members.
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" indeed builds further the Marvel Cinematic Universe and gives precedence of things to come.